Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT TO 10 AM ...
EXPECT MAINLY DRIZZLE AFTER 9 AM SATURDAY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS... UP TO 0.15 INCH. IMPACTS... PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
Cloudy with fog. High of 43. "F"
SUNDAY: 90% chance of rain. High of 48. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
OBAMA AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS
*A favorite...Glenn McCoy*
Gary Varvel ... AGAIN
A Franklin neighborhood
To answer the above headlined question: Depends.
Jennifer and I were, if not the first, one of the first families to move into our then-brand new subdivision. Needless to say it has grown. The last empty lot just kiddy corner from us is now under construction. So the neighborhood has changed, but has it been for the better?
Geoff Williams of US News & World Report interviewed a number of sources who offered expertise on what makes a growing or dying neighborhood. Let’s explore the factors they’ve come up with. My neighborhood is about 10 years old. No way it’s dying, right?
A former real estate agent who works for a marketing firm that specializes in the mortgage industry says, “If your region is struggling to attract new companies or current companies aren't hiring or are laying off, the clock has started ticking.”
A good signal is if you’re “located inside a major beltway with a shortage of available land.”
An increased number of “FOR SALE” signs or vacancies is not a good sign. My street has had a number of these the past five years, too many in my view.
Schools that perform well are a plus. Some parents have told me they believe Franklin’s school district under-performs. But it’s still a good system.
Are kids out playing and riding bikes? If so, that’s a sign of growth. My subdivision has more children than ever.
Traffic lights replacing stop signs means increased traffic that also means growth. Add in repaved roads, new signs, sidewalk repairs, and bike paths and you’ve really got something according to another source in the article. My neighborhood strikes out on all of those.
If you can readily walk to cool destinations, chalk up another plus point. Nope, can’t do that, though it is much easier now to use my feet to get to Sendik’s. I do love this from a sentence in the article:
“If you can walk or bike on designated paths to reach places like a baseball stadium you may have a winner.” Don’t get me started.
Realizing that as one my colleagues once said, “Scorecards are for reporters and politicians,” my tally shows six factors point to my neighborhood as dying with only two indicating growth.
Am I ready to put up the FOR SALE sign? Not with the housing market the way it is today. Besides, despite our outrageous taxes, I really like living here. The neighborhood is predominantly friendly and very safe. People care about other people and their homes. Kyla has lots of new friends. And we’re relatively close to goods and services, if not as close as we’d like because Franklin, well, you know.
US News & World Report provides a caveat:
Of course, there are no absolutes. Bottom line: The goal isn't to someday look around and think, “there goes the neighborhood.” You want to think, “here it comes.”
So no FOR SALE sign. And no RIP stone either.